“It’s absolutely not too late to plant,” says Ruth Gonzalez of Reems Creek Nursery in Weaverville.
Beekeepers in the United States experienced an estimated 40 percent loss in their colonies between April 2017 and April 2018, and last year, North Carolina’s honeybee population experienced a 50 percent loss, no doubt impacting the state’s $84 billion agriculture industry.
Project Genesis is a pioneering longitudinal study that is mobilizing more than 150 volunteers to study and collect data on the health of 20 research bee hives in West Asheville. Project founder Carl Chesick hopes to gain insight into the factors that are endangering the survival of honeybee colonies.
“By creating a task force to investigate the risks of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics, the state is leading the battle to get neonics banned.”
In the past few months, two major chain retailers have been busy bees. Both The Home Depot and Lowe’s have begun phasing out the sale of flowering plants containing pesticides called neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declining populations of bees and other pollinators. “Right now, 80 percent of our flowering plants are neonic-free, and […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a mural artist’s visual ode to bees, a local kayaking group’s instructional film and the sophomore album of country duo Letters to Abigail.
“How can this situation be addressed as a consumer in a conscious and honorable manner?”
Sometimes, even if you try to bee conscientious to one group, you may still bug some other one.
Learn how to keep bees naturally, expand your farm and gaze at the night sky this weekend with CalCast. Podcast hosted by Kim Roney. Photo by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart.
After hearing concerns about decreasing the number of lanes on Charlotte Street, Asheville City Council voted 6-0 to go forward with a traffic study of the corridor, claiming it will provide better information for future improvements.
Follow live Twitter coverage of the June 26 Asheville City Council meeting, with topics ranging from the future of the Charlotte Street corridor to declaring Asheville Bee City, USA.
Shawn Jadrnicek shows how his runoff ponds connect to the greenhouse with a pond, which is connected to the chicken coop, while the bees buzz around the whole recycling aquaculture system.
Here’s a round-up of environmental news that affects Western North Carolina, from local issues to national news we’ve been tracking.
Across the United States, European honeybees are vanishing at an alarming rate. Some estimates say we’ve lost at least half the nation’s honeybees in the last 10 years. Almost all the feral (wild) bees are gone, except the occasional swarm that takes up residence in a tree or other nonmanaged location. What the buzz is […]